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Cameron sceptical over gay marriage conscience vote

Labor Senator Doug Cameron says allowing party members a conscience vote on gay marriage legislation will not change government policy.

In an opinion piece published in Fairfax newspapers this morning, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says MPs should be given a conscience vote on gay marriage.

Ms Gillard says she remains opposed to same sex marriage, but says given the personal nature of the issue and the deeply held convictions of some within the party about it, it should go to a vote.

Senator Cameron says a conscience vote will not appease gay people and members on the Left of the party, because they are looking for policy change that will remove discrimination.

“I think the position the PM is taking pushes this argument off,” he said.

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